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15 Jan 2019 | 06:33 PM UTC

Afghanistan: Magnetic bomb explosion kills one in Kabul January 15

Magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) detonation kills driver in Kabul’s PD09 area January 15

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Event

A magnetic improvised explosive device (IED) attached to a vehicle killed its driver near Abdul Haq Square in Kabul's PD09 on the morning (local time) of Tuesday, January 15. Similar attacks are possible in Kabul over the near term.

Context

Taliban and Islamic State (IS) militants launch attacks on government personnel, security forces, and civilians in Afghanistan on a near-daily basis. Such assaults are, in part, intended to undermine the perceived capacity of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - and the Afghan government more broadly - to adequately provide security in the wake of the withdrawal of most US-led NATO forces from the country. 

Advice

Individuals in Kabul are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity and adhere to instructions and advice issued by their home governments.

The security environment in Afghanistan remains complex. Although travel is possible in some areas, other areas should be considered strictly off limits. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

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